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Montezuma Castle Monument Camp Verde

Where is it at?

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Montezuma Castle Monument
2800 N Montezuma Castle Hwy
Camp Verde
AZ
86322
Tel: 928-567-3322

Directions

Follow I-17 to exit 289 (90 minutes north of Phoenix, 45 minutes south of Flagstaff). Drive east (through two traffic circles) for approximately 1/2 mile to the blinking red light. Turn left on Montezuma Castle Road.

Where are we going today?

Spend a few hours and discover the incredible legacy of an ancient people. Montezuma Castle National Monument.

A self-guided, 1/3-mile loop trail leads you past an incredible 5-story cliff dwelling, through a beautiful sycamore grove and along spring-fed Beaver Creek, one of only a few perennial streams in Arizona.

Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument and witness the incredible legacy of a people who struggled to survive in the Verde Valley 1,000 years ago. Set aside an hour to explore the museum and roam the trails through a scenic sycamore grove at the base of towering limestone cliffs.

Ranger programs, on various topics, are scheduled each morning at 10:30 and afternoon at 1:30. Please note these programs are subject to staffing. You can also enjoy your lunch in our picnic area along the shore of Beaver Creek.

The Junior Ranger program at Montezuma Castle National Monument is full of fun activites which help you be more aware of their surroundings and the relationship of the environment to the prehistoric people who lived here over 800 years ago! Pick one up at either Montezuma Castle or Montezuma Well.

Completing the activity takes some time but the rewards are tremendous. Junior Rangers earn a shiny badge and certificate!

Special Note: There is no age limit to become a Junior Ranger. That means everyone is eligible to become an official Junior Ranger as long as they do the work and earn it!


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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5 (16 and over)
  • Free Under: 16
LAST UPDATED 2013

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Teachers corner

The National Park Service offers many educational opportunities for students to experience the natural and cultural history of Montezuma Castle National Monument. The park is an ideal "outdoor classroom" in which to explore the Sinagua culture and appreciate the value of pre-historic preservation.

Think of your National Parks as off-site classrooms! There are many ways to utilize America's treasures as teaching tools. After all, we have "the real thing," and we love to work with you to teach students the importance of the special places we all work together to preserve and protect for future generations.

Elementary schools are not the only groups who can visit Montezuma Castle National Monument. We welcome everyone from preschoolers through senior citizens. Reservations for special ranger-led education programs are required, as we may already have other groups scheduled for that day..

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    Well worth the effort. Great views

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    I mean the ruins were cool but it was pretty boring. No interactions, just stand and stare. They even have the lake closed off, why? They could have put a bench or something. Not worth the hour drive.

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    i loved going the castle it was my first time going

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    Early Native American history and culture presented in very tasteful and informative way. As small as this location is, it is an excellent example of why we have a National Park Service.

    Your children need to see how humans lived without supermarkets and air conditioners not so long ago.

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    I can only imagine what it was like to be able to actually explore the buildings back in the day! The ingenuity of the Sinagua people is impressive to say the least. This certainly isn't a long excursion (especially in the summer heat) but I'm glad we stopped by as we passed though.

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